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Offline Beautiful_Corn

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Kong resting fifi
« on: March 20, 2012, 01:43:25 pm »
Hey guys,

I took Mark's advice and picked up a barely used Kong resting fifi for a few bucks and tried to use it during an after-work practice session at the local crag last week.  I had a bit of a problem with it and daylight was short so I scrapped using it until I could ask about it.  Here's the problem: when I tried to pull in slack on it to tension up the sheath on the cord kind of bunched up and caused the hook to cinch down in place, just not where I wanted it.  I had to jiggle things around a bit to get it loose again and when I finally got it tensioned up the scraping sound of the cord against the squared-off edges on the hook were a bit disconcerting.  I'm wondering if there is a break-in period on these things and maybe that's my problem?  I think Kong recommends a 7mil piece of cord?  My cord was either 7 or 6; I've had it for a while so I don't remember.  I also used Mark's photo (below) to verify I had it tied off properly.



These problems aside, I'm improving a lot lately.  I've led my usual aid practice route solo with a grigri and backup knot a number of times now and I'm starting to speed up and get a bit more confident.  The best part: my wife came with me on Saturday as my second and jugged the rope to clean the gear.  Her first time ascending was just as awful as my first time but I was able to talk her through it and get the camera for some great "hero" shots of her which she posted to Facebook as soon as she got home.  She's really warming up to the idea of doing our first Grade IV together this summer.  Our plans for this weekend are to climb through the inside of an old viaduct down the hill from our crag this weekend.  It's apparently an old aid practice site for local climbers maybe 20+ years ago.  There are some ratty old anchors in the ceiling of the tunnel and I think I saw the cable of an old RURP sticking out between two stones.  Maybe if we climb this thing I can post up some photos next week.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 03:44:05 pm »
The thing says "7mm" on it but you should use 6mm. Try to get really smooth sheathed cord.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 07:10:14 pm »
6mm Sterling accessory cord works great. If you were to go with a 7mm, Mammut would be the best choice - smaller diameter and smoother sheath than other 7mm. Probably makes sense to switch ends of the cord or straight up replace it every now and then. Have you ever seen how ropes at climbing gyms get all fat on one end if they are not rotated enough.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 09:32:18 pm »
Yes, that cord looks really soft and grippy.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 09:43:00 pm »
If the wife's warming to jugging and cleaning, she just might be a keeper ;-P

Be careful not to have her start cleaning traversing routes until she's ready. ( both technically and mentally ) I've had more than 1 partner meltdown with cleaninging traverses and pendulums.
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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2012, 10:11:24 am »
Did EC with one of these once. By the end the chord was slipping. Just kind of added to the cluster.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2012, 12:32:25 pm »
It's funny how much each persons experience is different from another's. I've used my hook on four El Cap walls so far, same cord, and no slippage. I'd call it one of the most important pieces of gear on my harness.

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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2012, 01:24:59 pm »
Yeah, the experinces of the Kong resting fifi seem to be really across the board. I think the diameter, surface texture, brand, etc of the cord just makes or breaks the deal! I have my system working well now but it took a lot of experimentation.




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Re: Kong resting fifi
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2012, 08:48:51 pm »
Oh, so it's Mark's idea now, eh?  ;)

Use slippery 6mm cord, not 7mm.  Also, you need to wrap duct tape around your pull cord, otherwise it will drive you crazy as the loop in the cord continually falls over the tip of the hook.

"Resting" fifi?  Is that what they call it?  I always thought it was called an adjustable fifi.  It's the bomb for fine tuning your top-stepping.
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